Dr Trudi Ryan
Words for Change

Trudi helps her change-making clients apply the science of human communication to their social and environmental change initiatives. She works with people and organisations changing conversations across climate change, natural resource management, nature conservation, education and community advocacy.

Trudi has worked across the socio-environmental sector for over three decades and brings experience gained in research, education and communication to each new project.


Trudi has a PhD in Ecology, a B.Sc (Hons) in environmental management, post-graduate degrees in marketing communication and behavioural neurobiology and is currently studying linguistics.


Trudi has worked as a Communications Consultant for 17 years and was previously employed by CSIRO, Deakin University, Land & Water Australia and various Victorian Government agencies. In 2020, she received the Keep Australia Beautiful National Award for Environmental Communication and Engagement. 

Trudi Ryan, brief CV


  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (Environmental Management) Deakin University.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology) Deakin University. 

  • Graduate Diploma (Marketing Communication) University of Canberra. 

  • Graduate Certificate (Neurobiology of Human Behaviour) University of New England.

  • Graduate Certificate of Arts (Linguistics) University of New England. (In progress)

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  • Winner: National Environmental Communication & Engagement Award 2020 - Beechworth Festival of Change (Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainability Awards)

  • Winner: Victorian Community Action and Leadership Award 2019 (Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainability Awards).

Previous employment (key roles)

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow. CSIRO Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research

  • National R&D Communication Officer. Land & Water Australia

  • Lecturer and Practical Tutor in Environmental Science. Deakin University.

  • Victorian government agencies: various roles in environmental research, education, interpretation, community engagement and ecological assessment.

Recent professional development

  • The neurobiology of trauma. National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine. 

  • Working with the traumatised brain. National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine.

  • Dare to Lead (Brene Brown Education Research Group/Of Kin)

  • Slide design, Slide docs, Persuasive presentations (Duarte, US)

  • The science of what makes people care (University of Florida, US)

  • Certified Values Coach Training (Discover your Values Network, US)

  • Words that Work Messaging Masterclass with Anat Shenker-Osorio (Centre for Australian Progress)

  • Journalism for Social Change (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Environmental Communication: Research to Practice (International Environmental Communication Association)

  • Digital Storytelling (Digital Storytellers)

Professional memberships​​

  • Behavioural Science & Policy Association

  • Society for Social Neuroscience

  • Australian Linguistics Society

  • The Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor

  • International Environmental Communication Association

  • Institute of Professional Editors (Australia)


  • Certified Values Coach (Discover your Values Network, US).

  • Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors, Australia).

In 2019, I co-ordinated the Beechworth Festival of Change with Paul Ryan (Australian Resilience Centre). The Festival was a four-day event attended by over 300 change-makers. The Festival featured 32 events all designed to build skills, build networks and spark ideas to create positive social and environmental change. 

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Beechworth Festival of Change, wrap video

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